Hello, my name is Susan. I offer yoga, mindfulness meditation classes, psychology (camino reflection) workshops and tremor based stress release at the beaches & Albergue de Sonia in Fisterra / Finisterre. Please send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or a message at the Facebook page if you like to sign up for the class, to reserve a yogamat or any other requests. On July 1st 2021 the classes start again. If you happen to be in the camino Portugues you might meet me earlier than that. At the moment I’m not in Fisterra due to the corona virus situation.
Below you can also find information about my other services, like individual psychological support (therapy/coaching) for pilgrims (also see Psychologist for pilgrims ) , camino reflection workshop and reiki courses.
When the the weather allows us to practice at the beach classtimes are published here… otherwise I might be able to organise at Albergue de Sonia
DO’s & DON’TS
Signup only (see schedule below): email@example.com or at the facebook page
Price: Donation up to your financial ability and consciousness (suggested 10,-)
Location: Mar de Fora beach or albergue de Sonia
I will be waiting there with blue yogamats just to the left when you enter the beach from the woodenplank path
!!! It is recommended not to eat 1 to 2 hours before yoga (asana) classes
It get’s quite cold after the sun sets so bring a sweater/ blanket for the end of the class
*For more information please scroll down past the pictures
Unfortunanetly I am very dependent on the weather conditions and as it rains almost daily I stopped making a weekly schedule and just plan 1 day ahead. It will either be a mindfulness meditation class or a hatha yoga class. You can always make a request for a class by messaging me and I can see what I can do! 🙂 Remember that you have to sign up for classes.
Map of Mar de Fora beach you can find below:
With one of my yoga teachers, Surinder Singh @ Swatsi yoga in India
Schedule information: As the classes are dependent on the weatherconditions the schedule get’s updated daily. Most likely on cold, cloudy and rainy days there will be no classes. Please reserve a spot in the class, as there will be no class if nobody signs up.
No food before class: It is recommended not to eat anything 1 to 2 hours before a hatha yoga class. If you can’t manage this, eat something small that is easy to digest like a banana. Why we don’t eat before yoga?
All levels class in English: I teach a hatha class that is easy enough for beginners and challenging enough for more advanced practitioners. I will give adjustments dependent on your level of practice. The main thing to understand about yoga though is that it doesn’t matter how far you stretch, as long as you feel the strech… It doesn’t matter if you can put your leg behind your head, what matters is that you feel your leg. We do not use the body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into the body. And we calm down the body, to calm down the mind. I have tried to teach in multiple languages seen the international nature of pilgrims in my classes, but in the end I found this time that I was spending translating created more distraction than that it was actually helpful for anyone. So I decided to just teach in English. I also speak Dutch, German and some Spanish, so if you really need a translation, no problem. If you have any injuries, please let me know at the beginning of the class.
Yogatmats and other essentials: I have at the moment about 8 yoga mats, so if you want to be sure that you have a yogamat please, reserve a spot by writing me a message at the facebook page: Yoga camino Fisterra Or bring your own mat or towel. I unfortunately do not have any props like blocks, streps or meditation pillows, if you require these please bring your own if you can. A rolled up towel or piece of clothing can also function as a prop for example to give some extra support during seated postures.
Private and group classes: It is also possible to have private classes, or classes with your camino group, in that case just get in touch with me on my facebookpage Yoga camino Fisterra or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes my classes will focus more on meditation and other times more on asana and pranayama practice.
Prices/ Fees: The classes are donation based, what this means is that there are no dues or fees associated with any of my classes. This means no one is ever turned away from any yoga class due to lack of financial ability. Finding the right euro value for your donation is a personal exploration of generosity and attachment. Donations of 7,- euro for a 1,5 hour class are common. Offering more than this amount acts as a sort of “scholarship” for those who are unable to offer the suggested amount and helps to ensure I can cover my expenses like making flyers, buying essentials for the class like yogamats and props etc.
Anyway I think we can be generous in many different forms. One time a pilgrim left this little artistic letter for me that said ” For the yoga lady, thank you for the lesson in living!” .
Why yoga at the end of the world (Fisterra)?
Most pilgrims experience to be more present in their bodies by walking. Walking long distances calms the mind down, as the body and the mind are deeply connected. This is exactly what yoga does as well and we can do it anytime and anywhere. Since I was a pilgrim myself I like to offer classes to pilgrims who arrive to the end of the world.
I mostly teach a style of yoga that is a mix of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation. I also teach yin yoga, a mix of Jo Phee/ Sarah Powers style and depended on the available props. Some classes are more focused on asana (poses) practice, others more on meditation and pranayama. At the end I sometimes give a little bit of reiki and/or thai yoga massage. I adapt my teaching style depending on what I feel is required for the people in my class.
For pilgrims I won’t make classes too challenging seen the amount of kilometers they have been walking. When teaching I like to put the mindfulness aspects ( self acceptance, compassion, presence, patience, non striving, trust, always starting again/ beginners mind, non judging, etc.) and safety first. For me yoga is not about no pain no gain, it is about no pain no pain ;-). There is already enough suffering in all of us, so it is better not to cause more by putting the bar too high and too fast. Fast food and fast yoga are both not that healthy on the long term but fits in perfectly with our competitive minds and consumerism society’s. What is a less popular alternative is “BEING”, so not trying to get anywhere or to become, just here and now. I do know my own mind, and for the mind that is so difficult so also with this “being” I think “go”/ “BE ” slowly!
Do not ask a fish to climb a tree, likewise we do expect someone to follow alligment cues in a pose that his/her body does not allow for. I do not care about how poses look, I care about how they feel , that they create enough stretch to produce an effect in the meridians and chakras they work on. This is called a functional approach. If your practice helps you to calm your mind and let the chi in your body flow better, I think you are an advanced practicioner. It is not defined by your degree of flexibility or “skeletability”. (skeletability: the degree/ability of flexibility of your joints that your bones allow for by the shapes in which they are build.
Experience: I have about 200 hours teaching experience in hatha yoga (Sivananda style), vinyasa flow and yin /restorative yoga. I teach yoga at the beach in Fisterra. I have also have been teaching at La Crisalida a yoga and detox retreatcenter in Spain where I worked as a as a health and wellbeing mentor. I also taught many classes in an Albergue called Monte Irago, to pilgrims who were walking the camino de Santiago de Compostella. In addition to this I was teaching in Guatemala to visitors of the Yoga Forest and La Paz hostel in Guatemala. And at Albergue Sol y Lua in Fisterra. I’m teaching classes on the beach in Fisterra. In the winter I am teaching classes in an old monastery in the Klooster Simpelveld Yoga
Education: I have followed a Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow ( 200 hr Yoga Alliance ) at Sampoorna yoga and a second teacher training in Hatha yoga (200 hr Yoga Alliance) at the Arhanta ashram in India ( Arhanta Yoga Nederland). In 2020 I followed a chinese medicine & yin yoga teacher training in the Netherlands with Marieke vliegen, yinspiration trainer and senior assistant of Jo Phee. I also go back to Rishikesh (India) quite frequently to practice with different yoga teachers like Surinder Singh among others.
Background and education:
I have about 200 hours teaching experience in hatha yoga (Sivananda style), vinyasa flow and yin /restorative yoga. I have most recently been teaching at La Crisalida, a yoga and detox retreatcenter in Spain. I also taught many classes in an Albergue called Monte Irago, to pelgrims who were walking the camino de Santiago de Compostella. In addition to this I was teaching in Guatemala to visitors of the Yoga Forest and La Paz hostel in Guatemala. See some photos of those classes below.
I have followed a Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow ( 200 hr Yoga Alliance ) at Sampoorna yoga in India and a second teacher training in Hatha yoga (200 hr Yoga Alliance) at the Arhanta ashram in India ( Arhanta Yoga Nederland). In the beginning of 2020 I followed a chinese medicine & yin yoga teacher training in the Netherlands with Marieke vliegen, yinspiration trainer and senior assistant of Jo Phee. I also go back to Rishikesh (India) quite frequently to practice with different yoga teachers like Surinder Singh among others. I am also a registered psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher in the Netherlands, for more information follow this link: Mindfulness meditation teacher
Mindfulness meditation class and camino reflection:
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”
The class is based on mindfulness meditation courses taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Mark Williams (MBCT & MBSR) . In this class we will discuss some theory’s about mindfulness and practice. Also there will be space to share and reflect on your camino.
I am registered as a category 1 mindfulness teacher at the VMBN. This is the Dutch and Flamish society for mindfulness teachers.
Individual support for “Lost pilgrims” :
You can book individual coaching /psychotherapy sessions with me in Fisterra or online on Skype. This is for pilgrims and anyone else who feels or is a bit (or very) lost or can use some support at the end of their walk or in their life in general. Please send me an email for more information or to book a session: email@example.com
“Camino reflection group workshop”:
In this workshop we will explore technics from mindfulness based stress reduction ( MBST), acceptance and commitment therapy and creative consciousness coaching. There will also be space to reflect on your camino, share your experiences with other pilgrims, learn how to integrate your camino experience in you daily life and find out how to maybe give your life a valued new direction. The workshop last 1,5 hours.
Reiki level one and/or two:
Learn to give reiki healings to yourself and others in the 2 day course level 1 and or level 2 course. Minimum amount of participants is 2. Please inform by email for dates, prices and look at Reiki healer